|AN ACT relating to medicinal cannabis.|
|Kentucky General Assembly|
|Territorial extent||State of Kentucky|
|Passed by||Kentucky General Assembly|
|Passed||March 30, 2023|
|Signed by||Gov. Andy Beshear|
|Signed||March 31, 2023|
|Effective||January 1, 2025|
|Introduced by||Stephen West (R)|
|Introduced||January 5, 2023|
|Status: Not yet in force|
Kentucky Senate Bill 47 is a law enacted in 2023 to create a medical cannabis program in the state (also called medical marijuana).
The governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, said on April 7, 2022 that he was considering executive action to permit medical cannabis in his state if House Bill 136 was not approved in the state senate. When the session ended without senate consideration of the bill, Beshear issued executive order 2022-338 on June 14, 2022 that created the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee to provide recommendations on ways forward for medical cannabis. The advisory committee held its first meeting on June 20.
Governor Beshear asked the state legislature to create a legislatively authorized medical program, after some degree of opening the door to one in 2022 via his own executive order. Senate Bill 47 to create a medical cannabis program cleared a committee on March 14, prior to Senate readings. It was the first time a legalization bill had received a state senate hearing. The bill was approved 26-11 by the senate on March 16. It received its first reading in the house the same day. The bill was passed by the house of representatives on March 30, and Governor Beshear signed the bill the next day on March 31.
Patients will be able to possess a 30-day supply. Smoking cannabis is prohibited, but raw cannabis will be available for vaporizing. The bill also establishes THC limits: 35% on flower, 70% on concentrates, and 10 milligrams on edibles.
The program goes into effect January 1, 2025.
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It might be one of the most restrictive cannabis policies in the nation, but Kentucky is poised to allow people with some medical ailments to use pot. They just won't be able to smoke it. And it won't go into effect until 2025.
- SB47 bill history and details at Kentucky General Assembly